KC homicide rate rises 10% in first months of 2020

KMBZ News Staff
May 19, 2020 - 10:47 am
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Kansas City, MO - The murder rate is up more than 10% over last year at this time, according to Chief Rick Smith, Kansas City Police Department.

More than 60 homicides have been reported in the city this year.

Smith says the rise in numbers of homicides does not appear to be connected to the emergency stay-at-home orders.  

“To say that it’s related in some sort to the pandemic, I don’t know that we can make that association," said Smith.


 During the past few months Smith says the types of crimes they've responded to has been typical, but there's been a recent rise in violent crime.

“We’re seeing the usual narcotics transitions, domestic violence, arguments," said Smith. "The same things we usually have homicides over.”

KCPD uses what's called 'risk-based policing', the practice of concentrating officers in higher-crime areas, along with community outreach programs to try to stem the rising tide of homicides.





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